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Luxury home linens, D. Porthault
Created in 1920, D. Porthault plays a unique role in the luxury home linens industry. In a world of white linen, D. Porthault started a revolution with colour printed sheets, directly inspired by the Impressionist canvases.
From handmade embroidery to screen printing, D. Porthault’s creativity and exceptional savoir-faire à la française is underlined by a culture of excellence. D. Porthault is dedicated to satisfying the desires of its loyal clientele and adorning the most prestigious places in the world.
1933 a 19th century workshop in Rieux-en-Cambrésis in the North of France becomes home to the first D. Porthault factory. For almost a century, the creation and production process is exclusive to France.
1964 Madeleine Porthault opens a sumptuous boutique on Avenue Montaigne in Paris. After Christian Dior, D. Porthault was the second house to be established on this now prestigious avenue. 1976 after taking over from his parents, Marc Porthault preserves the company’s culture of excellence by opening new chapters for this haute couture linen house. D. Porthault begins designing products for children and launches a range of home fragrances.
The D. Porthault Hotel Collection brings this exceptional savoir-faire into the most prestigious hotels, providing them with bed linens, towels and tablecloths.
2005 From the Champs-Elysées to Bergdorf Goodman in New York, and of course Harrods in London, D. Porthault opens a succession of new and exclusive boutiques. 2008 A new factory opens in Cambrai, asserting the unique position of D. Porthault on the home linen landscape – a brand that handles the entire production process and is able to adapt to the creativity of its clientele. 2015 D. Porthault joins the Héritage Collection group whose purpose is to promote and sustain high standards of French savoir-faire. D. Porthault continues its development and influence all over the world.
Driven by the values of perfectionism and originality, D. Porthault conveys its vision of linen via an exclusive sensory experience. First through the feel of its materials, most of which are woven in the factory using only the very best fibres. Then through the studio’s interpretation of the designs, in the form of delicate embroidery and prints whose depth is accentuated by frame printing.
Finally, the wonders of the imagination are called upon to create products that are always adorned with the most subtle of finishes - the tradition of haute couture in home linens.
Antique lace, hand-stitched embroidery, screen printing and patterns in vibrant colours that resonate like new music in a world of traditionally white linen. For about 100 years, D. Porthault has been driven by a culture of excellence, playing a unique role in the world of home luxury. This exceptional savoir-faire is nurtured with passion and great care. Since 1920, D. Porthault has distinguished itself on the home linen landscape and has maintained a fully integrated production method, creating its reputation for excellence at each stage of the creation and production process.
By continuing the artisan screen printing process in Argentan, in the Orne department of France, and by weaving its own materials in its ultra-modern factory near Cambrai in the North of France, D. Porthault continues the ancestral tradition of hand-stitched embroidery in its workshops. Using more than 60 shades of thread, embroiderers create the designs with the Beauvais stitch, satin stitch, back stitch and shadow work techniques.
Real artists of refinement and virtuosos of detail, they are the last remaining craftsmen in France who master the art of embroidering laddered hems and handtying lace. Long cotton fibre, cotton voile, silk, linen, crepe de chine, satin, organdie. These materials are carefully selected for their unique qualities and personalities. They form the canvases used to express the savoir faire of D. Porthault’s workshops.
For more info please contact www.dporthault.fr
Photo credit D. Porthault
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